Jason Dufner Revitalizes 'Dufnering' Craze with PGA Championship Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2013

Move over "Tebowing," "Kaepernicking" or any other viral sporting pose that has made the rounds in recent memory, because there is a new sheriff in town, and it goes by the name of "Dufnering."

Actually, it's an old sheriff that is returning to town, since it actually first went viral in March, but you get the idea.      

After Jason Dufner overcame a one-stroke deficit to begin play on Sunday to win the 2013 PGA Championship at an Oak Hill record 10-under for the tournament, the Internet exploded with fans and sports personalities alike honoring his achievement by Dufnering. 

It looks a little something like this, as SportsCenter tweeted:

A few kids got in on the Dufnering action to spur Dufner to victory on Sunday, as Adam Himmelsbach ‏of the Louisville Courier-Journal tweeted:

Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports got in on the action as well:

In honor of Dufner's excellent tournament, Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays did some Dufnering in the training room:

And heck, even a few PGA officers had a bit of fun with the meme: 

Who said golf isn't fun?

If you are unfamiliar with the genesis of this fad, HLN and Bleacher Report put together a recap Monday about Dufner's pose and how it ultimately went viral, including Rachel Nichols interviewing Dufner about the craze:

The original pose is truly hysterical, as Dufner looks like a little kid totally bored by whatever the teacher is saying and hoping it's time for lunch soon. Jason Sobel of Golf Channel had more on Dufner's day in a Texas schoolroom:

The lesson for the day was concentration, something that comes in handy when you’re trying to hit a golf ball in front of thousands of fans.

“It was a focus activity to help them get ready to learn,” said Tracy Cobb, the [HP Byron Nelson Championship] tournament’s director of communications. “It’s about concentrating, paying attention to breathing. They would stand up and put a beanbag on their heads, using that mental focus. Then we let Jason talk to them about importance of focusing on the golf course and how critical that is for him.”

By Cobb’s account, Dufner was engaging and having fun talking with the kids. Once he was done, they went through one more focusing exercise that involved multiple repetitions of standing up and sitting down. Upon the last time, Dufner relaxed a little and, well, history was made.

History indeed. And now, with a PGA Championship win, Dufner has revitalized a simple yet hilarious Internet meme. His win was our win, in other words. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some slumping to do.


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